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Let’s Go Exploring! Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Proof that Your Problems Aren’t Real Problems

Growing up, my parents had very little sympathy for my problems. It didn’t matter whether I was complaining about the measles, my nosebleeds, or stomach worms, their response was always an impassive: “Tough it out. You’ll be fine.” Who could blame them? When you grow up under a Maoist regime that killed 70 million people, then survive a famine, only to be forced into gruelling hard labour in the countryside, “validating feelings” and babying your special snowflake kid isn’t going to make it to the top of your give-a-shit-list. If you’ve never had to secretively bury a relative murdered by the […]

Is Too Much Freedom Bad for You?

One of the things we get asked a lot is: “What do you do with all that time in retirement? Isn’t it boring?” And my response to that is usually pretty straightforward: we travel, we meet new people, we work on passion projects (like the app we’re launching this week), we write books, we blog, and basically work on whatever we feel like working on. Despite having all this time, we sometimes feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. But if I take a step back, I realize the real reason behind this question. I realize how terrified people […]

Reader Case: Can I Retire at 45 to Become a Yoga Teacher?

Well, after 19 hours of travelling (we had a connecting flight which was delayed multiple times), we ended up stumbling to our Airbnb, all blurry-eyed, at 4:30am in the morning. Luckily we managed to inside without being robbed or mugged, fall exhausted into bed, only to wake up 6 hours later to launch an app. Good thing we’re retired, because I have no idea how we would’ve been able to accomplish this if we were on vacation and had to work the next day. Needless to say, this is going to be a pretty hectic week with the app going […]

Cost Of Travelling the World For 1 Year, Part 4: Travel Insurance

I know it’s taken me FOREVER to write this post, which is part 4 of the cost of travelling around the world but in my defence there were WAY too many beaches here and not enough time to sink my toes into all of them, so that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it. To see the parts 1-3 of the cost of travelling the world, click here. “Massive heart attack”, “ICU”, “Might not make it”. These are words you never ever want to hear, especially when you’re half way across the world. We were in Thailand and Wanderer had just […]

Let’s Go Exploring! South Korea and Old Man Balls

Wanderer emerged from the men’s side of the Jjimjilbang in a giant cloud of steam. “Oh God,” he said, shuttering. “So many dongs. Why so many old man dongs?” Okay, let me back up a bit. Why so many old man dongs? And what exactly is a Jjimjilbang? Let me explain. To picture what a Jjimjilbang is, just close your eyes, and picture the most epic spa you can ever think of. Hot tubs galore, super jets, steam rooms, the works. Now, fill this amazing spa…with shrivelled, naked old men. I realize that’s not exactly the BEST pitch for Jjimjilbang, […]

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